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Greetings from North Carolina. We've lived here for over two years now, and I'm still missing the ozark fishing. Dusted off the fly rod for the first time in about 7 or 8 months (new baby :) ), and fished the upper Jacob's Fork river yesterday in the South Mountains State Park. Walked several miles of trail, and ended up with 8 brookies, and 1 rainbow. Used pheasant tails, large silver scuds, and a little bead-head worm contraption that is popular with the local fly fishermen. Largest brook trout was around a foot long - and very pretty.

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I like that shot of your rod/line. Makes my predator neurons start to fire.

Looked it up -- I've got a niece that lives over in Hickory


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I loved fishing in the Smokies last summer over in Cherokee. There's some really great water to fish over that way.

-- Jim

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -- Doug Larson

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The worm contraption is called a "squirmy wormy" - made out of neon squirmy wormy material by Spirit River, tied with a bead for weight. They may not qualify for use in Taney and other areas where soft plastic is banned - they are "flies" here though. And they surpass the san juan worm in effectivness by a factor of 20. Phil or others may know the regs better about what is a "fly", and what qualifies as soft plastic, but if they were used on upper taney, you could have an amazing day. The brookies here seem to enjoy them - I cast and strip in short, sharp strips. They don't have to have much weight, because the water here is very small - the area of the stream I had the best luck on was about 9-10 feet across, and maybe 1.5 feet deep.

In areas where soft plastics are allowed, they would be a great alternative to the san juan.

Spirit River Squirmy Wormies http://spiritriver.net/materials/bodies-parts/squirmy-wormies%E2%84%A2

Finished "Fly" https://www.outsidebozeman.com/spring-2011/fishing-worms

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